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Enter the Lipizzan
on November 21, 2010
This is an excellent series for young horse lovers.
This story of the Lipizzaner Maestoso Petra does not break any new ground - the storyline is a basically a combination of Marguerite Henry's White Stallion of Lipizza and of the movie Miracle of the White Stallions. It is told from Petra's point of view, and covers not only his life as one of the famous white stallions, but also, inescapably, some of the historical events that forced the stallions to flee Vienna during World War II. Adult readers will probably find the other works more satisfying; anyone who loves this book should seek out the other two. It is a special time in history, and perhaps my only quibble about the story is that the reader will not realize from it how amazing it was that the breed was rescued from its precarious existence between two armies. The facts are accurate, though, and it is an excellent introduction to the Lipizzan breed and history.
My biggest complaint is with the interior illustrations - which are plentiful and lovely pictures of horses, but do not do justice to the unmistakable visage of a Lipizzan stallion, who will have a significant Roman-type nose and spanish head. I felt the illustrator was trying to make them 'more beautiful' by giving them more Arabian-like heads, instead of portraying them with the amazing noble heads emblematic of the breed.
This is a small point, and I enjoyed this book as much as others in the series.